September 21, 2023

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Household Christmas 2022 – Southern Hospitality

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Household traditions are certain to alter over time and ours has began to alter and evolve as properly. When Renee and Bruce moved to Louisiana over a 12 months in the past, that actually modified issues so far as holidays go. However it’s nonetheless a really particular time and I believed I’d share our household time with you this 12 months as I normally do. We nonetheless have a lot to be grateful for and we undoubtedly are grateful for all God’s blessings on our household. We have no idea what number of holidays we could have with mother and pa and so we attempt to make all of them particular simply in case it’s the final one.

Mark and I received dressed up and went to an Acworth enterprise girls’s Christmas celebration this 12 months and that was enjoyable. I joined that group a few years in the past and have loved attending to know so many ladies in my neighborhood. It was enjoyable to take our husbands to the celebration and rejoice collectively. And it gave me an opportunity to get just a little dressed up, which I don’t do a lot anymore.

This 12 months, Lauren and Renee and household got here house early for Christmas, the weekend earlier than Christmas for a couple of days and we celebrated early, which was simply superb. We picked up house cooking meals for our lunch collectively at Dogwood and since Daddy examined constructive for Covid that week, he wasn’t in a position to get out and be with us within the eating room for our lunch, however we loved it anyway.

Parker loves Daisy and spent a few nights with us whereas they have been house. Lauren rented one of many hospitality suites subsequent door to Dogwood at Holbrook, so her household had loads of room to unfold out and so they might stroll subsequent door to see mother usually. She actually loved that too.

Lauren, mother and the women. They certain are rising up aren’t they?

Bruce’s mother, Doris, got here too and had lunch with us and visited with mother. She is one 12 months youthful than mother and nonetheless lives alone in a home in Woodstock. As all the time, we had fun collectively and loved their go to house.

I made soup one night time and had them throughout to our home and that was good.

Our eating room noticed quite a lot of motion this 12 months with household gatherings and it’s good to make use of it for these events.

We had already cleared the desk of the (actual) soup bowls and have been having dessert. Somebody talked about on my Instagram messages, they couldn’t consider I might serve on paper plates, however we’re an informal household and typically paper is simply extra handy, in order that’s how we roll. The principle factor is that we’re collectively having fun with one another.

Parker and Mark

Alex in her cute Santa high. This was of their residence.

As soon as dad was out of quarantine and we might go to him, we went over and gave him his presents. Renee and Lauren received to see Dad earlier than they headed again house in order that was good. Mother is already sporting her spiffy new garments from Blair.

Lauren with mother and pa. Dad is a bit more confused today. He nonetheless is aware of us, however received blended up on who Lauren was this time. That’s simply the best way it’s with dementia. He lives within the second, enjoys meals, fires within the fire and speaking in regards to the climate. We talk with him the place he’s right now and that’s OK. Life is totally different now, however nonetheless very blessed. Since he went within the hospital earlier than Thanksgiving, he appears to be extra fatigued now and is taking extra naps. He goes again to mattress after breakfast most days after which will get up for lunch and stays up the remainder of the day till mattress time. This appears to be his new regular now.

We purchased him new sweat pants and shirts and I believe he preferred them.

We gave mother quite a lot of new garments from Blair which she completely loves. She received so many new issues that she must clear out her closet to make room for all of them.

Lauren and Renee headed again to Louisiana and mother was saying goodbye to Alex. It’s so particular that she will get to see her nice granddaughters fairly usually.

Dad sporting his new shirt I received him, additionally from Blair.

Random photographs round our home for Christmas, Miss Daisy on the steps.

In the meantime, Mark’s facet of the household is increasing quickly. I believe I discussed that 3 out of 4 of Mark’s daughters have been pregnant on the identical time. They have been all 3 born inside 5 weeks of one another and we’re so pleased they’re right here, secure and sound.

Ivy, Logan and Reese, 3 blessings from heaven. We have now cherished seeing all of them and getting to carry the brand new infants. Two of them got here to our home on Christmas Eve and all of us cherished passing them round.

We smoked a giant turkey, made sides and everybody introduced one thing so we had a feast for Christmas Eve at our home. It was so good to see everybody!

That is a part of Mark’s household, 2 of his daughters and their husbands and youngsters, Mark’s sister and brother-in-law, plus 2 of their grownup youngsters and Mark’s mother was there. We had an exquisite go to and it was an ideal Christmas Eve at house. We received this pic utilizing the timer.

In the meantime, down in Louisiana, the household down there had an awesome Christmas too. They went to a Christmas Eve service at church and regarded so cute.

I cherished all these pics they despatched.

Renee, Bruce and the women.

Lauren and Philip, Alex, Iris and Parker. These women are rising up too quick! I commented again by textual content how cute all these pics have been and the way wonderful it was that they received Alex to smile on cue. Lauren replied again, Nae Nae hit Papa within the head with a wrapping paper tube whereas we took pics and that was the successful technique. 

Now I’m these pics laughing!

At this time, Christmas morning, I picked up mother and pa and introduced them over for breakfast and we had a pleasant go to with them after which sat by the hearth and chatted. I made blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon which they loved. Dad cherished sitting by the fireside and napping too.

In order that’s a recap of our household Christmas this 12 months. A number of blessings, numerous modifications, however total a very nice Christmas. I belief you and your loved ones have loved this vacation season collectively and that you simply really feel the peace that Christmas brings to our hearts. Merry Christmas!

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